Welcome to the Athenaeum

When I was musing on names for our homeschool, I kept feeling a pull toward the ancient idea of “athenaeum,” which can mean a learning society, a periodical, or even a library. I couldn’t help but relish, too, the nod to my favorite mythological deity, Athena, Greek goddess of wisdom, handicrafts, and war. But it wasn’t until I met another impressive personage—Charlotte Mason—and her philosophy of relational education that I began to consider how my lofty academic ideals needed spiritual tempering:

“For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul?”… (Matt. 16:26, ESV)

When I reframed my goals for homeschooling in this way, I realized that all the knowledge in the world is mere dust if pursued for its own sake. Miss Mason reminds me that in education, as in all of life, the Spirit should guide our way, and that the outcome of it all should point us, humbly, back to our Lord…whether we scale Parnassus or look for tadpoles amidst the reeds…

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I’ve repurposed this blog many times over the years. It began in 2007 as a resource for my Latin students; then, when I entered motherhood, it served as a means of keeping my wits; as early motherhood gave way to schooling, it lay dormant for many months at a time, with the occasional burst of inspiration begetting a post.

But then, I discovered Instagram.

For the past few years, IG has been my online respite from the trenches of motherhood. It’s where I have cultivated friendships, shared day-to-day life, and grown in my understanding and application of CM methods. And it’s where I finally found my voice as a writer, collaborating and building community at Charlotte Mason IRL, and narrating my research at The CM Latin Project, where I explore how Latin fits in CM’s methodology. Much of that work is in progress and secured for now, but you are welcome to knock at the door if you’d like to follow along (personal accounts only, please!). I hope to share more of those details here, in good time.

I had the opportunity to gush about Latin on Scholé Sisters podcast, and I do take on the occasional student for tutoring, though my time for that is limited. As I receive more and more questions about Latin curricula, I am considering how to offer dedicated time for consults, because finding the right program of study for a family really does benefit from a full conversation. One of these days, I would love to film some free Latin tutorials or even offer Latin classes online.

Or live in Italy.

Please, check in occasionally to see how it’s coming along here…and in the meantime, please send me a message if there is anything in particular that you’d like to see here that would be helpful for your Latin study.

Thank you for stopping by…I’m so glad you’re here!

~Angela @athena_amidstthereeds